past winners

Carrie H.
2015 Spring Weight-Loss Challenge Runner-Up

Lost 43.8 pounds
21.20% of body weight *
*Results not typical
Carrie H.

As I sit down to write this essay, I am overwhelmed with emotions. Three months ago, I could not have imagined I’d feel grateful, ecstatic, healthy and strong. This is the exact opposite of how I felt when I started this adventure.

This has been an extremely personal journey as the last 2 years have been difficult. My Dad, a diabetic, was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 6 months ago. He always told me not to make the unhealthy choices he had made. I fell into a state of depression, was not taking care of myself and felt like I was living in a fog. I miss my dad every day, but he has truly been my inspiration throughout this whole challenge.

I have struggled with my weight for years. My weight gain started after having my two boys. I tried many diets, and my weight yo-yoed back and forth, but nothing worked permanently. I worked full time, ran my boys to all their activities and lost myself somewhere in between. Being a mom has always been my top priority, and I felt guilty taking “ME” time. My weight and health suffered.

In February of this year, I knew I had to make a change and met with a doctor about my nutritional options. We put a plan in place, and I was starting to get really motivated. Then my good friend, Yolie, said she was going to join the 90-Day challenge at Life Time and encouraged me to try it with her. I thought it was a great idea to combine my new eating plan with the accountability of the Challenge. Plus, having a girlfriend to workout with was an added bonus.

On February 8th, I completed my initial weigh-in, and I was embarrassed by the number on the scale. On that same day, I was introduced to George Aranda, my trainer. I immediately signed up for personal training, and Yolie and I were on our way. My workout schedule consisted of five days of cardio and training with George once a week. Our workouts were tough, and I was often so sore I could barely move. My diet consisted of lean meats, lots of green veggies, and limited carbohydrates. I started to lose pounds and felt my confidence coming back! Then George suggested that I get the metabolic testing done so I could maximize my cardio workouts. That is when I met my second trainer, Kim Underwood. I completed the test and decided to sign up for her metabolic training. Kim pushed me to limits I never could have imagined to achieve on my own. That is when everything change,d and I began to get the BIG results in my weight loss. I started to see my name on the local leaderboard and then eventually on the national leaderboard. I had forgotten how competitive I was and how good I could feel!

I would like to thank my amazing and supportive family. Especially my husband who would encourage me to go to the gym when I just didn’t have the energy and would tell me, “This is when the strong get stronger.” I thank Yolie and my friends, who have given me much encouragement, and thank my mom who has always given me unconditional love and strength. Most of all, I am grateful to my dad, who I know was with me every step of the way. I think he would be proud!

I would also like to thank Life Time – this 90-Day Challenge has been a true lifesaver and has provided my family with a happy, healthy mom! I must give a huge shout-out to my trainers, Kim and George! I could not have done this without them. They always pushed me to be my best and cheered me on daily!

I have to say that it wasn’t easy, but losing 43.8 lbs. was well worth the effort. I am excited because this is just the beginning. I will continue on this unbelievable journey that has changed my life forever. 

The Success Stories testimonials presented are applicable to the individuals depicted only and may not be representative of the experiences or results of others. Life Time Fitness does not guarantee any individual results. Factors such as diet, genetic makeup, overall health and physiological differences may influence results. Please consult with your physician before embarking on any new nutritional and exercise program. Nothing contained herein is intended to substitute medical advice, care, diagnosis or treatment of your physician. Individuals were not compensated for testimonials. Results not typical.